The enduring mystery of Australia’s unique Elvis Presley memorial

It was the world’s first memorial erected after Presley’s death and the only official monument outside the US. But Presley never visited Melbourne, or even Australia – so what is it doing here?

Every year on the anniversary of Elvis’s death, Wayne Hawthorne, the president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Victoria, gets up early in the morning and heads to the Melbourne General Cemetery to cleanse of “promotional rubbish” the memorial to the singer he commissioned 41 years ago.

“People try to make a buck out of Elvis – ‘We’ve got a function on here at this hotel’, blah blah blah,” Hawthorne says. “These people have nothing to do with the club who built the monument; they’re just trying to make money out of this time of year.”

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The enduring mystery of Australia’s unique Elvis Presley memorial

It was the world’s first memorial erected after Presley’s death and the only official monument outside the US. But Presley never visited Melbourne, or even Australia – so what is it doing here?

Every year on the anniversary of Elvis’s death, Wayne Hawthorne, the president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Victoria, gets up early in the morning and heads to the Melbourne General Cemetery to cleanse of “promotional rubbish” the memorial to the singer he commissioned 41 years ago.

“People try to make a buck out of Elvis – ‘We’ve got a function on here at this hotel’, blah blah blah,” Hawthorne says. “These people have nothing to do with the club who built the monument; they’re just trying to make money out of this time of year.”

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The enduring mystery of Australia’s unique Elvis Presley memorial

It was the world’s first memorial erected after Presley’s death and the only official monument outside the US. But Presley never visited Melbourne, or even Australia – so what is it doing here?

Every year on the anniversary of Elvis’s death, Wayne Hawthorne, the president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Victoria, gets up early in the morning and heads to the Melbourne General Cemetery to cleanse of “promotional rubbish” the memorial to the singer he commissioned 41 years ago.

“People try to make a buck out of Elvis – ‘We’ve got a function on here at this hotel’, blah blah blah,” Hawthorne says. “These people have nothing to do with the club who built the monument; they’re just trying to make money out of this time of year.”

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‘PM has my support’: Dutton backs Turnbull as government reshapes Neg

Changes to energy plan await resolution as Turnbull finds himself caught between Labor and Coalition critics

Peter Dutton says he supports Malcolm Turnbull and the policies of the government as the prime minister is moving to overhaul the national energy guarantee in an attempt to stave off a conservative-led revolt that threatens his leadership.

In a post on Twitter, Dutton delivered a nuanced statement of his position, saying Turnbull had his support, and his view remained the same as on Thursday, when he told the Sydney radio host Ray Hadley he would take up any disagreements he had with cabinet colleagues privately.

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‘PM has my support’: Dutton backs Turnbull as government reshapes Neg

Changes to energy plan await resolution as Turnbull finds himself caught between Labor and Coalition critics

Peter Dutton says he supports Malcolm Turnbull and the policies of the government as the prime minister is moving to overhaul the national energy guarantee in an attempt to stave off a conservative-led revolt that threatens his leadership.

In a post on Twitter, Dutton delivered a nuanced statement of his position, saying Turnbull had his support, and his view remained the same as on Thursday, when he told the Sydney radio host Ray Hadley he would take up any disagreements he had with cabinet colleagues privately.

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Fraser Anning and Bob Katter’s anti-Muslim cry is about comfort, not survival | Yassir Morsi

The concerns of some white Christian conservative men trivialise the tale of inhumanity towards people of colour

As my family thinks about its place in Australia, again I wonder if Fraser Anning imagines himself as brave. He regarded his speech as loosening the gag of political correctness and cultural Marxism. And, yet gagless, he only retold the most repeated cliché about Australia being under risk from Muslims.

He did not bring to the surface an uncomfortable or new truth. His maiden speech in parliament was mostly a testimony to a far-right fragility. For, his Australia’s feigned vulnerability before Muslims (who make up 2% of the population) comes from a deep-seated sense of entitlement.

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Fraser Anning and Bob Katter’s anti-Muslim cry is about comfort, not survival | Yassir Morsi

The concerns of some white Christian conservative men trivialise the tale of inhumanity towards people of colour

As my family thinks about its place in Australia, again I wonder if Fraser Anning imagines himself as brave. He regarded his speech as loosening the gag of political correctness and cultural Marxism. And, yet gagless, he only retold the most repeated cliché about Australia being under risk from Muslims.

He did not bring to the surface an uncomfortable or new truth. His maiden speech in parliament was mostly a testimony to a far-right fragility. For, his Australia’s feigned vulnerability before Muslims (who make up 2% of the population) comes from a deep-seated sense of entitlement.

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Fraser Anning and Bob Katter’s anti-Muslim cry is about comfort, not survival | Yassir Morsi

The concerns of some white Christian conservative men trivialise the tale of inhumanity towards people of colour

As my family thinks about its place in Australia, again I wonder if Fraser Anning imagines himself as brave. He regarded his speech as loosening the gag of political correctness and cultural Marxism. And, yet gagless, he only retold the most repeated cliché about Australia being under risk from Muslims.

He did not bring to the surface an uncomfortable or new truth. His maiden speech in parliament was mostly a testimony to a far-right fragility. For, his Australia’s feigned vulnerability before Muslims (who make up 2% of the population) comes from a deep-seated sense of entitlement.

Continue reading…